Saturday 2 February 2013

Busway cycle track still flooded - 2 February

Although the water level has gone down by about half a metre between St Ives and Fen Drayton Lakes, there are still several long stretches under water. Most people seem to be walking or pushing their bikes along the top of the embankment, but I saw one person cycling through the water east of the Ouse Viaduct.

Holywell Ferry Road is under water, so residents of Fen Drayton cannot easily get to their bus stop.

Holywell Ferry Road under water 2 Feb 2013
Between Fen Drayton and Swavesey, the track is still under water. The water is draining away very, very slowly, via the culverts that pass under the busway.


  1. Thanks for the update Andrew, I had to drive to Cambridge today and went via the Low road, and this is virtually water free and dry, so back to work Monday, back on the road bike and down the Low road.

  2. Update 3 Feb. Track has dried out between St Ives and Fen Drayton apart from a very short stretch next to the concrete bridge. But the water there is only shallow and should be OK with care on a bike. Still under water between Fen Drayton and Swavesey.

  3. Thanks again Andrew. Back on the road bike tomorrow. When you say dried out, do you mean the flooding has gone but the track is still wet or the track itself has completely dried out as well?

    I have emailed a guy at the council as well, so I will post his reply when I get something!

  4. The water level has gone down, so that track is no longer under the water ( apart from about 4 metres beside the concrete bridge). However there is a lot of debris on the track so you'd have to take care.

  5. Thanks Andrew for that, much appreciated

  6. Well I came back via the GBW, all great until past Swavesey to St Ives. The third dip on the way back is more like a canal and totally impassable. The rest is okay, but all of the debris has retuned again. After the concrete bridge, had to turn back and go around the top bit as that is till under water.

    The third dip that usually floods the worst, well that's going to take weeks by the look of it.

    1. I went along the cycle track on my bike this morning, and the water lying on the track next to the concrete bridge is now only about an inch deep, so I had no trouble cycling through it. THe debris is pretty bad in a lot of places.

  7. Did St Ives to Cambridge this morning. About 150m still under water at Fen Drayton to a depth of probably 2-3 feet. The swans were happily swimming on it.

    But for (lots of) debris the rest was clear.


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